Heatherhope Believes In A Dynamic Church

Easter morning listening to the radio. National Public Radio represents the best of broadcast journalism. But I heard exactly two references to the great Christian Festival Day of Easter. One was an offhand comment, just before the segment with “puzzle master Will Shorts,” in which the host noted that many listeners would possibly be away […]

Evangelism as Deprogramming

 

 

Last night was a night of inspiration. Six motivated laypeople and I were discussing what good doctrine might teach us about current practices in our congregations, and the conversation turned to evangelism.

We returned to two ideas we had begun with five weeks before, as we began our look at “Lutheran Creeds and Confessions;” namely, […]

The Woman at the Well

The famous dialog between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well is part of a series of beautifully crafted dialogs in the Fourth Gospel. Several themes appear repeatedly in this series.

 

Spiritual knowing or seeing is one theme. Jesus is operating on the highest spiritual plane and he works to lift others up—something that […]

Writing Circle Meets

Writing can be frightening! It’s also pretty scary to live out the love of Jesus Christ.

Writing can be challenging! Thinking about faith–daring to question and even to doubt–is also hard stuff.

But being part of a circle of people who can be trusted to encourage thoughtful and courageous and out-loud Christianity…priceless!

Our ecumenical Writing Circle meets at […]

Biblical Politics Favors Authority Over Authoritarianism

It is indeed an ugly thing when religious leaders, who claim to be guided by their allegiance to a Higher Authority in heaven, are indeed slaves to political ideologies that beat like waves, back and forth upon the face of the earth.

If people in the pews mean by their plea, “Keep politics out of the […]

Knowing and Not Knowing: The Holy Trinity

Tomorrow is Holy Trinity Sunday.

I believe the best thing about the doctrine of the Trinity is its nod to unknowing. The early church beat back several attempts to make the knowledge of God manageable. Gnostics wanted to  have a spiritual god who was above the blood and sweat and nagging ambiguities of the material world. […]

NY Times Article On Christianity and Animals

The October 15 edition of the NY Times has a wonderful article by Mark Oppenheimer on the fascinating of the love of animals and the Christian faith. We urge our friends to check it out. Here is a link which I hope will get you there: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/15/us/pet-ministries-are-growing-in-churches.html

Do Our Pets Go To Heaven?

At our first annual Blessing of the Animals service we shared stories. After Sharon told of the way her dog had (perhaps) saved her life when she was worn down with caring for her dying father and she began to despair that life had any good purpose. Night after night the dog would sense her […]

First Blessing of the Animals Goes Well

On the afternoon of September 25 Heatherhope Farm hosted its first Blessing of the Animals—an event we hope to host annually.

We purposely did not advertise this event too widely so that we could keep the numbers small and feel our way into the best possible way of doing things. A dozen people showed up, bringing […]

Reflections on Lessons for Epiphany 6

The lessons for Epiphany 6 A are […]